Liberal Party of Canada looks to Consolidate Kootenay – Columbia Riding

Liberal candidate for Kootenay/Columbia Don Johnston will be nominated Wednesday in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Kootenay/Columbia Liberal Party

And then there were four.

The Kootenay/Columbia Liberal Party will select Don Johnston as the candidate in the upcoming federal election set for October of this year.

Johnston, the former CEO of the Columbia Basin Trust, will be formally nominated during a meeting Wednesday (May 27) in the Hume Hotel.

“We are happy to have a candidate that can represent the entire Kootenay region in Ottawa,” explained provincial Liberal Party director Shaun Govender in a written statement.

Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

The City of Trail and the Village of Warfield are pleased to announce they have successfully negotiated and approved a 5.5-year (66 months) recreation and library services agreement that will take effect on July 1, 2015. Warfield will contribute $631,500 over the full term and the City will allocate 68 per cent of the funding to Trail recreation and 32 per cent towards library services.

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road vehicle registration is being deferred from June 1 to Nov. 1, 2015.

The extra time provides additional time for off-road users to prepare for the mandatory registration, while the regulatory details are finalized on both registration and safety.

Election Spending Rules in BC

Election Spending Rules in BC

"Don't mind the elephant in the room, we're redecorating."

When the B.C. government tabled its legislation to amend the Election Act in March, it was probably hoping no one would notice. They were in for a bit of a shock.

While much of the focus has been on the provision which would give political parties the names of each and every British Columbian who casts a ballot, the government is also proposing to do away with the pre-campaign period and the spending limits that apply to political parties within it.

BC Government makes surprise ALC announcement

B.C.’s Agricultural Land Commission has a new boss.

It's a move the was not welcomed by everyone — including Richard Bullock, the outspoken chair of B.C.’s Agricultural Land Commission who was terminated from his position by a phone call Thursday.

Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council has appointed Frank Leonard as new chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).

Leonard is a former mayor of Saanich.

Bullock had been in the job for five years and his term wasn’t due to expire until November.

Our Electoral System is Crazy

Our Electoral System is Crazy

For an armchair political philosopher,  the first week of May 2015, with two melodramatic elections, one in Alberta and one in Great Britain, was an intoxicating week. These two elections provided a succinct demonstration of the ill-advised use of the first past the post (FPTP) electoral system. Originating in Britain as the Single Member Plurality (SMP) electoral system, it was first used in Nova Scotia in 1758. That was before the American and French revolutions, a time when the idea of women voting, much less heading a government, was unthinkable.

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

More to come...

The sudden death of former Boundary-Similkameen Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) John Slater has been confirmed, Wednesday, May 13th. 

Slater was the MLA from 2009 until 2013, when he left the Liberal party, temporarily ran as an Independent before withdrawing from the 2013 campaign. 

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement today: 

“I am deeply saddened to hear John Slater has passed away. John was a caucus colleague and a friend.

Local Business Owner's Opinions Divided Over Stores to Shores Project

City staff has erected signs near the Store to Shores project telling shoppers that it's business as usual for Hall Street merchants. — The Nelson Daily photo

Store to Shores is a project everyone knew was coming.

But for local businesses located in the 400 and 500 Blocks of Hall Street, change is not always easy to stomach.

"It's a face lift for a town that needs an enema," said Andrés Van Stolk, manager of Boom Town Sports, which is located in the 500 Block near the IODE Park.

"We used to be so community oriented, and now we're catering to tourists," Van Stolk added of the new plaza being constructed below IODE Park.

Honourable Lieutenant Governor of BC, Judith Guichon tours West Kootenay

Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia begins a tour through the West Kootenay Monday.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, begins a six-day trip through the West Kootenays Monday.

The tour includes stops in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Castlegar, New Denver, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Fruitvale, Montrose and Creston.

The tour begins Monday in Grand Forks before proceeding Tuesday to Rossland and Trail and Castlegar Wednesday.

The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General acting by and with the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

Almost 12,000 British Columbians sign petition against privatization of hospital laundry services

HEU workers staged a rally Wednesday against the closure of laundry facilities at the corner of Pandosy Street and Royal Avenue in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy HEU

The Hospital Employees Union (HEU) continue to hold Interior Health's feet to the fire in an effort to save job cuts to the laundry services in area hospitals, including Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.

HEU communications officer Brenda Whitehall said nearly 12,000 British Columbians have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to cancel plans by the Interior Health Authority to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities throughout the region.

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